Arizona has long been known as a popular destination for homeowners further north to build homes to spend the winters in. Instead of worrying about sub-zero temperatures and getting snowed in, they head south to enjoy mild winters and the occasional white Christmas. Sometimes referred to as “snowbirds,” these visitors help boost the state’s economy and sometimes become permanent or semi-permanent residents. With summer coming to a close, it’s time to welcome back those friends and neighbors that spend summers elsewhere. For readers that may be considering buying or building a winter home, read on to learn a little more about some of the recent changes to Dorn Homes’ communities that could help you make that decision.
As Dorn Homes’ communities in Northern Arizona continue to grow, we regularly open new lots or complete construction on planned amenities. This presents a great opportunity for homebuyers to become part of a community they were worried they missed and to see communities they’re interested in take shape. To make sure that interested homebuyers hear about the new openings in their favorite communities, we’ll be posting periodically in a new recurring article, Neighborhood Update. Unlike many of our articles that discuss design, entertainment, and lifestyle, this will be a place for us to share news about community improvements and to celebrate community milestones.
Welcome to The Vistas, Dorn Homes’ newest community in Prescott, Arizona. Part of The Dells master-planned community, The Vistas is an upscale neighborhood that features spacious lots, elegantly designed homes, and exceptional amenities. Nestled among Prescott’s famed Granite Dells, living at The Vistas offers some of the finest panoramic views that northern Arizona has to offer. Residents of The Vistas will find a lifestyle immersed in the natural wonder of the area and features to benefit the mind, body, and spirit. As you continue reading, take a moment and imagine what your life would look like in The Vistas.
One of the most important parts of finding a new community is making sure it matches your lifestyle. That means a neighborhood full of things you enjoy and friends and neighbors that share those interests. What better way to meet your new neighbors than by doing something you love together? With that in mind we’ve reached out to members of the Dorn Homes family in each community to find out which amenities are most popular with our homeowners.
About an hour northwest of Phoenix you’ll find a desert oasis that fulfills the promises of luxury living in the Modern West. This secluded community offers high-end homes with only the finest resort-style amenities. At Wickenburg Ranch, you’ll find a community designed with your lifestyle in mind. From championship golf and fine dining to hiking, spa treatments, and stargazing, you’ll find everything you need to live life to the fullest at the Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club. Wickenburg Ranch is a Trilogy Resort Community designed for luxurious living and endless adventure.
As we begin 2019 it’s important to take a moment to look back and reflect on 2018. Whether it’s seeking ways to better serve others or better take care of one another, or it’s looking back in gratitude for the wonderful friends and family in our lives, what we see in 2018 can be a source of inspiration for 2019. Here at Dorn Homes our retrospective is a little of both: gratitude for members of the Dorn Family and the people that choose us to build their dream homes and aspirations for the years to come.
We are proud to announce that The Enchantment plan in our Sedona Ranch on Oak Creek community has been selected as a Silver award winner by the National Association of Homebuilders. The Enchantment is being honored for its innovative and unique design and could take home the Gold award on February 19th at the Nationals at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. As a Silver award winner, The Enchantment has been chosen as one of the five best designed single family homes from across the country with the Gold award going to the top overall vote-getter.
It’s that time of year again. As fall gives way to winter, most of Arizona embraces the cooler temperatures and respite from our sweltering summers. In Prescott though, where summers are more temperate, winter brings more than just relief. Here winter brings hopes for snow and snow days, and, more importantly, anticipation for the holiday season. For anyone with plans of traveling to experience winter at its finest, there's no better place to celebrate Christmas than Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City.
Northern Arizona is a wonderful place to spend time year-round, but there’s really no better time to experience it than fall. Fall brings cooler temperatures and vibrant colors that you simply can’t enjoy further south. Fall also presents the perfect opportunity to experience everything Northern Arizona has to offer, from sightseeing hikes to art festivals and train rides. Whether you’re already a resident or just a visitor, here are five ways to enjoy fall in Northern Arizona.
Nestled between Mingus Mountain to the west and the Mogollon Rim to the east lies a valley that some have called the heart of central Arizona. The Verde Valley, through which the Verde River flows, is a snapshot of the changing lives of Arizonans over millennia. From the centuries-old Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma’s Castle to formerly abandoned mining towns like Jerome that have been revived as National Historic Places. As Arizona has grown and evolved, the Verde Valley has evolved as well. Small towns that mined copper in the early 20th century are now home to boutique art galleries, antique shops, and wineries.
As part of Dorn Homes’ continuing efforts to offer affordable housing with luxury amenities, we’re proud to announce the opening of Shadow Ridge at Pronghorn Ranch, one of the newest and fastest growing communities. At Shadow Ridge homebuyers will have their choice of a selection of some of Dorn Home’s most popular models. Featuring a wide range of two, three, or four-bedroom homes starting in the upper $200s and affording you access to all the of the community’s generous amenities.
In the high chaparral, just minutes northwest of downtown Prescott, you’ll find a thriving community that offers you the best of southwest living. Dorn Homes at Talking Rock Ranch offers luxury living and the privacy of your own personal retreat. With home sites nestled alongside the Jay Morrish Championship golf course nearby, you can enjoy a resort lifestyle starting in the mid $400s.
When you picture living in Prescott you probably imagine a quaint Victorian home perched on a hillside. You see yourself rising with the sun for a morning walk through a community full of friends and neighbors. The sunlight sparkles off the water of a nearby lake and across the granite hills that define Prescott.
When you think about living in Prescott you probably imagine homes nestled in the Granite Dells, perched on a hillside, or built on postage stamp lots downtown by Courthouse Square. What you may not imagine is community pools, parks, or homes built on large lots with ample room for outdoor living. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll find in Pronghorn Ranch in the wide-open spaces of nearby Prescott Valley. You can enjoy all the benefits of living in northern Arizona, like the weather, the small town feel, and the beautiful views, with larger and more affordable homes and lots.Pronghorn Ranch is located near Highway 89A and offers easy access to both Prescott and Prescott Valley’s Entertainment District where you’ll find shopping, dining, and entertainment. Take in a show at the Theatre on the Green or attend one of the many classes offered daily in the Prescott Valley Public Library, which shares facilities with the Northern Arizona University Yavapai Campus. Prescott Valley is also home to the state-of-the-art Yavapai Regional Medical Center, which you can learn more about here.
From its conception, Pronghorn Ranch has been designed with open space in mind. This 640-acre master planned community features a multitude of hiking and biking trails that wind through and around the community’s many parks. Pronghorn Ranch also hosts a variety of community social events at the Clubhouse, the signature feature of the neighborhood. With events like an annual car show, Christmas craft fair, and even live music and community speakers, there’s fun to be had year-round. If you’re looking for entertainment options close to home, you’re in luck because Pronghorn Ranch features a suite of amenities carefully selected to both entertain and foster community living.The Clubhouse boasts a 24-hour fitness center that’s accessible to community members and their guests around the clock. If you feel like spending a day relaxing, find a book at the Clubhouse library and put your feet up in the lounge, or spend some time in the game room playing pool, board games, or just enjoying a cup of coffee from the coffee station. The Clubhouse is also an ideal location to entertain visitors from out of town. You can luxuriate in one of the pools or spas and then spend a sunny summer day enjoying a BBQ on the Clubhouse patio.If you’re a golfer looking to practice your short game, grab your putter and head over to the community putting green. You’ll find it near the pickleball courts, where you’ll frequently see neighbors enjoying a game of one of the fastest growing and most popular new sports around. For residents that are looking for friendly competition but don’t know the difference between a dink and a half-volley, Pronghorn Ranch also features Tennis and Basketball courts to entertain residents and visitors alike.To schedule a tour of Dorn Homes’ models, speak to an Online Home Advisor today. While you’re there, be sure to tour the Clubhouse amenities and take some time to experience Pronghorn Ranch for yourself.
Location, location, location. It’s the oldest adage in real estate and it’s as true today as it ever was. When you’re building your dream home, where you choose to build is almost as important as the home itself. Are you looking to build a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city center? Are you hoping to find an inviting neighborhood with an active community full of new friends you just haven’t met yet? When Dorn Homes chooses where to build, it’s not just a matter of finding somewhere to put up a house. It’s about actually building a community that our homeowners will love full of amenities that will enrich their lives.
You may recall our recent post from March titled Small Town, Big Tastes: Downtown. Well, as part of our ongoing efforts to enlighten potential homebuyers about everything Prescott has to offer, we’d like to offer the latest installment in Small Town, Big Tastes: Microbreweries.
One of the most common concerns expressed by homebuyers that are interested in moving to Arizona from out of state is the availability of water. For some homebuyers, like those moving from California, the concerns are frequently grounded in their experiences with water usage restrictions due to the recent drought.
The first rule of real estate, as we’re sure you’ve heard before, is location, location, location. Most homebuyers have a list of criteria that influence where they focus their search efforts. The list is usually made up of things like proximity to work, the quality of the school systems, access to shopping and entertainment, and as we discussed in our interview with Yavapai Regional Medical Center, access to quality healthcare. Once a homebuyer has a general area in mind they can then focus on more specific homes and neighborhoods to make their final decision. But what, you may be wondering, are homebuyers looking for in neighborhood features?